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Sri Uthirapasupatheeswarar Ganapatheeswarar temple

Moolavar : Ganapatheeswarar
Urchavar : Uthirapasupatheeswarar
Amman / Thayar : Vaaitha Tirukuzhal Umai Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : Kattathi
Theertham : Surya, Chandra Pushkarani
Agamam / Pooja : Kameekam
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Ganapatheesaram
City : Tiruchengattankudi
District : Tiruvarur
State : Tamil Nadu


   The temple is praised in the hymns of Saints Tirugnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar and Arunagiriar.? This is the 79th Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Saivite hymns


   Chithirai Bharani Child Meat Cooking Festival (Pillaikari) in April-May; Margazhi Sadaya Sashti Ganapathy festival in December-January; Shivrathri in February-March; Tirukarthikai in November-December and Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November are the festivals celebrated in the temple

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. The scar on the forehead of Lord Uthara Pasupathy Easwarar is still visible. He is gracing from a separate shrine

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.45 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m


   Sri Uthirapasupatheeswarar Temple, Tiruchengattankudi, Tiruvarur Dist.


   91- 4366 - 270 278, 292 300, +91-94431 13025.

General Information:

    There is a sculpture in the temple showing Saint Siru Thondar being taken to Mount Kailash. Lords Arthanareeswara, Brahmma, four Saivite Saints praised as Naalvar, Nagar with Sanganidhi and Padmanidhi and Twin Bhairavas have their shrines in the prakara. Sun God-Surya is alone in the Navagraha-nine planets mandap on a high seat. It is noteworthy that 8 Samharamurthys are in line in the prakara ? Lords Bhujangalinga Murthy, Gaja Samharamurthy, Oordhva Thandavar, Kaala Samharamurthy, Gangalamurthy, Bikshadana, Tripura Samharamurthy and Bhairava. Their presence in a single temple thus facilitates darshan of all Samharamurthys of Ashtaveera sthalas-temples in various places. Lord Subramanya with His consorts Valli and Deivanai blesses from a shrine sitting on a demon peacock. Saint Arunagiriar had sung the glory of Muruga in his celebrated Tirupugazh hymns. Mother Durga blesses from the goshta of Shiva shrine with eight hands holding weapons, one of which is a bow, a different form in this temple.


   Those seeking pardon for wrongs committed pray to Lord.??People also pray here for mental peace from confusions.??Pregnant women pray to Mother for safe delivery

Thanks giving:

   Realizing their wishes, devotees perform abishek, archanas and offer vastras to Lord and Mother

Greatness Of Temple:

   He was married to Mangai Nallal mentioned as Tiruvenkattu Nangai in our Saivite scriptures and a son named Seeralan.? The couple was very particular to have their food only after hosting a lunch to Shiva devotees.? They served what devotees wished.? One day none turned up.? Siruthondar left the house in search of a devotee. When he was out, a Shiva devotee knocked at his house.? Tiruvenkattu Nangai and her maid Seerala Nangai welcomed the devotee and invited for the lunch.? The devotee said that he would not accept the invitation when the male head of the house was absent and that he would wait near the Kattathi tree at the temple.? When Sirthondar returned he was happy to hear that a Shiva devotee was waiting at the temple.? He rushed to meet him and extended his invitation.? The Shiva devotee said that he would dine with him only if Siruthondar slaughtered his only son, cook and serve him the meat.? Siruthondar had no hesitation to accept the condition.? He and his wife prepared the food with their son?s meat as wished by the devotee.

Temple History:

   Lord Vinayaka came to this place and worshipped Swaymabu Linga Shiva to get relief from the dosha of killing demon Gajamukha Asura.??Lord Shiva granted darshan to Vinayaka-Ganapathy, hence praised as Ganapatheeswarar

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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